Welcome to the Northwestern PCOS research study site!

Contact us to participate!

PCOS Calculator!

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Is your BMI higher than 30? Do you have less than 8 periods/year? Do you have increased hair growth on face and chest? Do you have a family history of PCOS? Have you had trouble conceiving children?

We are conducting research on PCOS

Northwestern University is currently recruiting women and their relatives for our research on PCOS. The purpose of these studies is to better understand the cause of PCOS and the problems associated with it. Since PCOS runs in families, we are also trying to better understand how PCOS affects family members, and to determine if there is a way to predict if a girl will get PCOS later in life.

Call 1-800-847-6060 now to talk to our study coordinator!

Or email pcos@northwestern.edu

Or fill out this contact form
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PCOS Registry

  • Women 18 - 40 years old, with regular periods or irregular periods or PCOS
  • Not on birth control
  • If you are currently on birth control, we may still be able to enroll you.
  • Requires approximately 3 visits over 4 months to complete the entire study
  • The study may involve blood draws and other procedures.
  • Compensation: Up to $425
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African American Women

  • Follow-up study to our recent GWAS publication
  • Between the ages of 18 - 40
  • Can participate remotely
  • Involves DNA cheek swap
  • More details to come soon!
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PCOS Registry-Child

  • If you have a daughter age 8 - 12 she may be eligible to participate in a study on the early origins of PCOS
  • Conducted by researchers at Northwestern Univeristy and Lurie Children's Hospital

Understanding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Dr. Dunaif answers common questions about pcos:

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  • diagnosis
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1PCOS which may also be referred to as polycystic ovary disease (PCOD) is the most common hormonal disorder found in premenopausal women. PCOS affects 7% of women from all races and nationalities.

2Typically, PCOS symptoms first appear in adolescence, normally around the start of menstruation. Occasionally, some women do not develop PCOS symptoms until their early to mid-20s. One of the most common symptoms of PCOS is irregular periods.

3Although the cause of PCOS is unknown, women with PCOS have high male hormone levels, which can lead to acne, extra facial and body hair, and irregular periods. Additionally, PCOS is the leading cause of hormonal infertility.

4Other symptoms associated with PCOS are the heart disease risk factors of weight gain, cholesterol problems, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and diabetes. PCOS may also increase the risk of developing endometrial cancer.

5What is understood is that PCOS is an inherited disease. Sisters and daughters of women with PCOS are at high risks themselves of developing PCOS. In addition, both female and male relatives have an increased risk of getting diabetes and heart disease.

Meet our study team!

Andrea Dunaif
Andrea Dunaif, MD

MD: Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1977)
Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, Medicine (1980)
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Medicine (1982)
Board Certification: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Internal Medicine

Laura Torchen
Laura Torchen, MD

MD: Loyola University/Stritch School of Medicine (2006)
Residency: Rush University Medical Center, Pediatrics (2010)
Fellowship: Northwestern McGaw/Children’s Memorial Hospital, Pediatrics Endocrinology (2013)
Board Certification: Pediatrics

Ryan Sisk
Ryan Sisk

Lab Manager

Valentina
Valentina Conoscenti

Study Coordinator